Celebrate with us!

We are celebrating #GivingTuesday and the end of the year by raising $10,000 for Mississippi kids. Money raised supports our dedicated staff in achieving high-quality pre-K-12 public education in Mississippi. These dollars directly enable us to produce research, resources, and policy recommendations for children, families, teachers, and schools.  In the last decade, Mississippi has improved…

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Celebrate with us!

The Future of Schools: Policy Vision

Today, we are excited to release our policy vision, “The Future of Schools: Supporting Families, Teachers, and Students.” This publication details three ways that Mississippi First believes we can change with the times in order to better serve all of our students.  Families: Align and Extend the School Day and School Year Juggling school and…

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The Future of Schools: Policy Vision

Poverty and Pre-K Access in Mississippi

Mississippi First releases a third 2021 pre-K research brief demonstrating the benefits of pre-K for children living in poverty. Since our founding, Mississippi First has known access to high-quality, no- and low-cost pre-K in Mississippi would be a game-changer for our youngest learners. In our first pre-K publication, 2012’s Leaving Last in Line, we recommended…

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Poverty and Pre-K Access in Mississippi

Communications Tools: Navigating Crisis

We would love to imagine a world in which school districts never have to engage in crisis communications, but this past month, schools began re-opening for a new school year right as the Delta variant is surging in Mississippi. In some ways, we know just as little about how this school year will unfold as…

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Communications Tools: Navigating Crisis

MDE Releases Early Learning Collaborative RFP

On July 30, 2021, the Mississippi Department of Education released the RFP for Early Learning Collaborative Council Pre-Kindergarten Application Cohort IV. Below, we have pulled out important details from the RPF including important dates and deadlines. Questions concerning the RFP should be sent to Dr. Jill Dent @ jdent@mdek12.org. Informational Webinar The MDE will host…

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MDE Releases Early Learning Collaborative RFP

MSF releases a new resource to support district communications!

School districts have had to grapple with a host of new communications challenges this year. The best way to navigate the new school year is by learning best practices for communications from districts across the state. To support Mississippi school districts, we are excited to announce the publication of Learning from the Moment: District Communications…

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MSF releases a new resource to support district communications!